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UNIONS: Get the facts on public employee benefits

Letter by Linda L. Higgins, Tacoma on June 18, 2012 at 11:57 am | 13 Comments »
June 18, 2012 2:12 pm

In his June 13 column, Richard S. Davis cites a Marquette University Law School study that showed 75 percent of Wisconsin voters favored “requiring public employees to contribute to their own pensions and pay more for health insurance.”

I can’t speak for Wisconsin or any other state except Washington, but public employees in this state do contribute to their pensions – substantially. To say otherwise is simply untrue. We also contribute to our health insurance premiums and have out-of-pocket expenses when we are hospitalized or see the doctor.

Certainly I’m grateful that I have health insurance and wish this for everyone. I did, however, have definite out-of-pocket costs for two medical procedures and an emergency room visit last year.

The early retirement we supposedly enjoy is also an exaggeration. I’m not retiring early nor are any of my colleagues. Maybe some of those in the administrative ranks retire early, but most of us in the public school setting who are not administrators don’t have the means to do that.

Criticize public sector workers all you want, but please base your opinions on accurate information.

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